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Education
6:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Orleans Parish School Board Approves New Superintendent

Today the Orleans Parish School Board has a new superintendent, but no board member to fill an empty seat.

Tuesday night the School Board unanimously approved a contract for Henderson Lewis Jr., and ended an almost three year search for a new superintendent.

Lewis previously served as superintendent for East Feliciana Parish. He says his main priority is uniting the School Board and Recovery School District to serve all students.

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5:15 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Orleans School Board Member Indicted In Federal Corruption Scheme

A New Orleans school board member faces a federal charge in an alleged bribery scheme.

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Education
8:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Orleans Public Schools Getting New Superintendent

The Orleans Parish School Board has selected a new superintendent.

East Feliciana Parish Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis will run the public schools in New Orleans that remain under its jurisdiction.

The post has been vacant for almost three years.

The vote was unanimous and greeted with applause by the public.

The 40-year-old Lewis said he was humbled by the decision.

Lewis got the job also sought by Debbra Lindo. The 62-year-old has spent much of her career in  northern California, most recently as superintendent of the Emery system.

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11:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Post-Katrina Resentment Revived By Court's Ruling On Public School Employees

It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after levee failures during the 2005 storm led to inundation of the city.

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7:21 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Orleans School Superintendent Candidates Down To Two

The Orleans Parish School Board came one step closer to choosing a new superintendent last night. The board voted unanimously to bring back two of three possible candidates for another round of interviews.

Henderson Lewis Jr. is superintendent of East Feliciania Parish and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. Debbra Lindo served as a superintendent in northern California.

The search for a new superintendent has lasted nearly two and a half years. Board member Ira Thomas says that search may be coming to a close.

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Education
5:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Orleans School Returns To Local Control For First Time Since Katrina

Today, for the first time, a charter school board voted to transfer from the Recovery School District back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

When the Recovery School District was created in 2003, the directive was clear: take over failing schools, turn them around, then transfer them back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

But now charter school boards decide whether to transfer to local control or stay in the state-run RSD. Until now, no eligible schools have returned to OPSB.

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The Lens
11:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Orleans Parish School Board Elects New President

New OPSB President Nolan Marshall, Jr.

The Orleans Parish School Board elected Nolan Marshall, Jr. as it's new President on Tuesday.

Charter schools director Caroline Roemer Shirley says Orleans Parish School Board meetings over the past year have been rocky.

"It was a long year," Shirley said. "I think most people would agree with me, whether they’re part of this board or otherwise, it was a contentious year."

Shirley has seen board members argue over contracts, and the board’s disadvantaged business enterprise program — things critics say don’t have much to do with the kids they serve.

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Education
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Court Sides With Louisiana Teachers Fired After Katrina

The water line showed prominently on New Orleans Abramson Senior High School after Katrina. All OPSB teachers were fired within a few months of the flood.
Jason Coleman Creative Commons

Last week a state court of appeals ruled in favor of thousands of teachers who were fired just after Hurricane Katrina.

The court said more than 7,000 teachers were wrongly terminated, denied due legal process, and should have been considered for rehiring as schools reopened. The ruling, if upheld, would award the teachers years in back pay and benefits, though it’s not clear who would pay. The Orleans Parish School Board and the state have the option to appeal.

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The Lens
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

State-Run Charter Schools Decide Whether To Return To Local Control

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Seventeen state-run charter schools in the Recovery School District will decide in the next two months whether to switch to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board. A list of eligible schools will be presented at a state education board meeting Wednesday.

Last year, many charter schools who were able to move turned that deal down, because it would mean they would lose their status as independent districts. That problem has since been resolved; a new law lets them stay independent.  

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

State Appeals Court Panel Hearing Post-Katrina School Firings Case

A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005.

A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal panel Thursday that the Orleans Parish School Board and the state violated the rights of teachers and school workers fired after the storm. She urged the panel to uphold last year's ruling by Judge Ethel Simms Julien.

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